5 Best Fitness Trackers with HR

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Fitness tracker and health wearable trackers are all over the place now. There are alot of brands to choose from and also alot of functionality to take into consideration.


We have listed below the top 5 on our list of best fitness trackers.

Design

The Apple Watch Series 4 design is bigger-screened, faster, and includes some key health upgrades.

  • GPS
  • Over 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker
  • Electrical and optical heart sensors
  • Digital Crown with haptic feedback
  • 50% louder speaker
  • S4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processor
  • Improved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detection
  • Swimproof
  • watchOS 5
  • Aluminum case

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the fastest, most connected and best overall smartwatch around, the only issue that I can find is its battery life and watch face options often fall short of the competition.

The GOOD

The Apple Watch Series 4 offers a larger, crisp display that shows more with less bezel, super fast speed and a louder speaker. It adds high and low heart-rate detection, fall detection with SOS trigger and an FDA-cleared ECG app for more detailed heart readings.

The BAD

Starting prices are higher than last year. Battery life still won't last past two days. Watch face options are still very limited in choice and function. It only works with iPhones.

Design

Samsung's Galaxy Active smartwatch loses the rotating bezel we loved on the original Galaxy Watch, but it has many features and at a fraction of the price.

  • Track your way to real results.
  • Helps you analyze your sleep patterns and encourages you to wind down to keep you refreshed and at your best. 
  • Sends you real-time alerts if ever detecting an irregular beat, so you can be more proactive about your heart health.
  •  Sync with your phone to stream your playlist, get notifications and more, right on your wrist.
  • Thin. Light. Durable
  • Lasts for days – Go non-stop with a long-lasting battery that lasts for days on a single charge.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Galaxy Watch Active is a great smartwatch and fitness tracker at a reasonable price,It just does not have the heart rate monitoring that other smartwatches have.

The GOOD

The Galaxy Watch Active's lightweight and simple design make it better for working out and wearing to bed than previous models. It packs in health and fitness features at a lower price than its competitors and works on both Android and iOS

The BAD

It's missing the rotating bezel we loved on previous Samsung watches and comes in only one size with no LTE option. The blood-pressure monitoring is half baked at best. Samsung's Health app doesn’t make it easy to locate all your data.

Design

The Versa design feels a little small but the compactness is positive. It does not feel bulky than the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3. But it's also wide and the square screen has a lot of bezel around it.

  • Includes all Versa Lite Edition features plus: store and play 300+ songs, utilize on-screen workouts that play on your wrist and coach you through every move and track swim laps and floors climbed
  • Track your all-day activity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages.
  • Use 15+ exercise modes like Run or Swim (Fitbit Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters) .
  • Access your favorite apps.
  • Get call, text, calendar and smartphone app.
  • Automatically track select sports & workouts with SmartTrack and use female health tracking.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Fitbit Versa is the best fusion of smartwatch and general fitness tracker under $200, if you can live with its limitations.

The GOOD

The Fitbit Versa is a compact, lightweight smartwatch and fitness tracker with an improved interface for easier fitness stat readouts. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters, and works with iOS and Android. Many of the apps and watch faces are useful and fun. Multiday battery life beats the Apple Watch.

The BAD

Its battery life falls short of other Fitbit fitness trackers. The apps and watch faces aren’t always easy to load. Music transfer to the watch is complicated and limited. There's no on-board GPS and the charger is bulky. Tap-to-pay model costs a bit more in the US.

Design

The Apple Watch Series 3 offers built-in cellular for data and even phone calls. It works remarkably well, but not without a cost -- in battery life and money.

  • GPS + Cellular
  • Optical heart sensor
  • Digital Crown
  • S3 with dual-core processor
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Swimproof
  • watchOS 5
  • Aluminum case

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the best overall smartwatch you can buy, but battery limitations and add-on fees keep it from being a must-have upgrade. Apple with likely release an upgrade later this year.

The GOOD

Cellular connection works well for phone calls, email, Siri and messages. Music now syncs more easily. Improvements in fitness tracking and added watch faces. Adds barometer to GPS and swimproofing. Same overall size as last year’s watch.

The BAD

Battery life takes a major hit when making calls or during GPS workouts. 42mm cellular model is expensive, and that’s before monthly wireless service and Apple Music fees. Still requires an iPhone to set up and pair with. A new Watch is expected later this year.

Design

Want a full fitness tracker but don't want it to look like one? The Garmin Vivomove HR might be your choice.

  • Stay connected with smart features such as music controls and smart notifications
  • Estimates heart rate with Elevate wrist heart rate technology
  • Wellness monitoring tools, such as all-day stress tracking and a relaxation timer.
  • Advanced sleep monitoring with REM sleep
  • Displays steps, calories, distance, heart rate, intensity minutes and VO2 max
  • Battery life: up to 5 days in smart mode; 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Garmin's heart-tracking blend of fashion watch and fitness watch is a great choice for everyday watch wearers who want a fully embedded fitness experience

The GOOD

Full fitness features on a regular-looking analog watch. The Vivomove HR includes heart rate, step count and sleep tracking, and smart functions like notifications. It works on Android and iOS and has 50-meter water resistance and a weeklong-plus battery life.

The BAD

The tiny touch display is hard to navigate. There are no physical buttons. It lasts longer in watch-only mode but won't track fitness, and the glass body can collect scuffs.